Man accused of leaving suspicious bags at York Hospital

Christopher Dornblaser

A York City man is accused of leaving suspicious bags mimicking bombs in Wellspan York Hospital last week.

Theodore Girard Besser, 59, of 139 N. Newberry St., is charged with three counts each of bomb threats and disorderly conduct, according to charging documents.

Police say on May 18, and 20, Besser left the bags at the hospital. The bags were filled with a mixture of rocks and brick fragments in metal and plastic bins, speaker components and wires, metal shards and a gas can with a hole cut in it releasing a small amount of gas, documents state.

“It went to the degree where the suspect ... intentionally made it appear as if it was a bomb in order to put the hospital and others in fear,” York City Police Lt. Troy Bankert said Thursday.

Video surveillance from May 18 and 20 show Besser leaving the bags under his seat, and police say Besser walked away from the bags nervously, checking to see if anyone caught him.

Wellspan York Hospital spokesman Dan Carrigan and Bankert confirmed that staff members found the bags filled with rocks Wednesday and Friday of last week.

“At no point throughout the event did we believe the safety of anyone in WellSpan York Hospital was in question,” Carrigan said.

They confirmed security reviewed footage and let staff know what Besser looked like. On Sunday, employees saw Besser enter the building and called authorities.

“Staff, including the security personnel, worked quickly to make sure that this was resolved without incident,” Carrigan said.

Besser remains in York County Prison in lieu of $20,000 bail.

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